The British Fashion Council has announced plans to partner with Arts Council England, the Home Office and the department for culture, media and sport to expand and promote visas for fashion industry applicants.
The initiative will see the BFC work as an independent assessor for Tier 1 “exceptional talent” applications within the fashion industry to secure a new route for designers and fashion industry professionals looking to work in the UK.
According to the BFC, the number of visas which the government is willing to approve doubled from 1,000 to 2,000 in November 2017, with half of these allocated on a demand-led basis.
The Tier 1 exceptional talent visa is available to individuals from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland who have been endorsed in their field in arts, humanities, engineering or science as a recognised (exceptional talent) or as an emerging leader (exceptional promise).
Successful applicants will be granted five years in the UK, which is open to extension if the applicant can continue to prove their exceptional talent.
Caroline Rush, chief executive of the BFC said: “In light of Brexit, the British Fashion Council was thrilled to work with the Arts Council and the department for culture, media and sport to extend the opportunity for talented individuals to secure Tier 1 visas, allowing them to continue to work as fashion designers in the UK and contribute to our growing industry.
”This is a great example of positive change to support the creative industries to improve access to the best international talent.”